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Getting around Italy by Ferry

As Italy is a country that has a long coastline, ferry travel is one of the common means of travelling either to Italy or between Italy mainland and its islands.

Italy being the country with more then 4000 miles of coastline and has numerous islands, makes boat travel may just be a part of your Italian vacation experience. 

If you are travelling to Italy's largest islands, Sardinia and Sicily, you can easily reach them by overnight ferry from ports of Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia or Naples.

On the Amalfi coast, there are numerous ferries running from mainland cities to the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. From ports of Genoa, Livorno and Civitavecchia you can also travel by ferry to Spain, Algeria and Tunis.

Getting around bay of Naples by ferry

Naples is connected by ferries to numerous destinations on the nearby islands as well as distance ports. 

From there you can take a ferry to the popular travel destinations of bay of Naples - Ischia, Procida and Capri as well as ports on the Sorrento peninsula. Naples is also connected to Aeolian Islands, Pontine Islands as well as Sicily and Sardinia.

The city of  Sorrento is a small town situated on the coast of the Bay of Naples. The Amalfi Coast is a strech of coastaline along the southern edge of Sorrentine Peninsula. The area is dotted with small beaches and coloured fishing villages. 

There are no direct ferry connections from Naples to any destination on the Amalfi Coast. There is an option of taking a ferry to Sorrento or Capri and from there taking another ferry further to Amalfi Coast. 

Getting to Sicily by ferry

The island of Sicily has many ferry connections with numerous ports in Italy. Departures are always scheduled overnight in order to dock early morning and the sailing time range between 10 and 20 hours depending on the route. Ferries can carry passengers and vehicles.

Travellers can choose from a huge range of ferry connections from Sicily to the ports on the Italian mainland such as Genoa, Civitavecchia, Naples and Salerno. There are also ferries between Sicily and Cagliari on the island of Sardinia. You can also travel from one port on the Sicily to another by ferry as well as to Lipari islands situated close to Sicily.

Comapnies operating on these routes are following: Grimaldi Lines, Liberty Lines, Grandi Navi Veloci, Tirrenia.

Getting to Sardinia by ferry

The island of Sardinia has many ports along its coastline and has numerous ferry connections to many destinations in Italy.

You can take a ferry from Golfo Aranci to Livorno & Piombino on the Italian mainland, from Olbia to Genova, Livorno, Piombino & Civitavecchia, Porto Torres to Genoa & Civitavecchia, Arbatax to Civitavecchia & Genoa, Cagliari to Civitavecchia & Naples. The fastest route between Sardinia and Italy is Olbia to Piombino with a crossing duration of around 5 hours 15 minutes.

Companies operating on these routes are following: Tirrenia, Corsica Ferries, Olbia Piombino Ferry, Grandi Navi Veloci, Grimaldi Lines, Moby Lines.

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